Articles by: Julie Lepp
Is a long, long, long time team member at White Oaks and managing editor. She is an expert at nothing but has an opinion on everything, which she is happy to offer for entertainment purposes only. Please don't take anything she says all that seriously. Seriously.

by / on December 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm / in HOTEL, INSPIRE

Christmas Mall Basics

The MALL – a scary, stressful place, especially in December. But there’s something about crowds, moonlight madness nights, decorations, and the thrill of the hunt I enjoy. Sure…I could shop from the comfort of home, but I like to sit in the food court, savouring my bean burrito and Diet Coke, crossing gifts and/or people off my list – DONE. [...]

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by / on August 12, 2013 at 10:36 am / in HOTEL

Luck be a Lady Tonight

I recently spent the afternoon at the Shaw Festival Theatre enjoying their musical production of Guys and Dolls.  The program describes the story as follows: “In New York City, you’ll meet wise guys and chorus gals, gamblers and actresses, cops and bobby-soxers.  Pious Sarah Brown, a sergeant at the Save-A-Soul mission, wants to save their souls while Nathan Detroit needs [...]

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by / on January 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm / in HOTEL

Clean the World

Do you ever wonder what becomes of the soap and shampoo you leave behind in a hotel? Those lovely pre-wrapped packages that are set up so nice for just your use, are discarded when you check out. Tons of garbage heading nowhere! We recently joined the Clean the World program here at White Oaks Resort, which to be honest, I [...]

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by / on September 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm / in HOTEL

Live Like A Rock Star

A few of our team members here at White Oaks have been lucky enough to enjoy holidays with resorts offering Butler Service. We’ve all raved about what an amazing treat it was upon our return and we started to seriously consider how to incorporate Butler service at White Oaks. What would that look like? How would that be different? How [...]

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by / on June 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm / in HOTEL

Shaw Fest Best

Ragtime is playing at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara on the Lake this year and as White Oaks Resort is one of their tourism partners, I was lucky enough to get an invite to their Tourism Night! I love musicals of any kind, being a former music student, back in my youth…way back, I might add. Yes, way, way [...]

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by / on May 18, 2012 at 11:44 am / in FITNESS CLUB, INSPIRE

WO Magazine – Behind the Scenes

Putting together the WO Magazine for the fitness club is always a learning experience for our team. I wanted to share some of the more interesting things we learned this edition (Spring 2012) that were too weird, irrelevant or idiotic to make it into the actual pages of the magazine. So check this out…you know how chef’s do this great [...]

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by / on March 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm / in INSPIRE

Let Er Zip

I very desperately want to write a blog that goes in our “Inspiration” section.  How great would it be to inspire?  But  I have not overcome anything, I have not accomplished anything truly great, I have not climbed up a mountain or a big hill or learned a lost language or persevered and discovered a cure for anything.  I’m just [...]

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by / on February 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm / in CONFERENCE

The Planner’s Green List

As a planner, there are many ways to participate in the greening of your industry and contribute to the betterment of our environment. The number one, most positive thing you can do is to choose a venue that is as environmentally conscious as possible. Sounds easy? Well unfortunately, it is much harder than it sounds because, many hotels, conference and [...]

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm / in DINING

Copper Skillet: Spencer’s 15 Minutes

I recently assisted with the organization of an amazing event we hosted here at White Oaks for the first time.  The Canadian Copper Skillet Chef Competition where chefs from conference centres belonging to the prestigious International Association of Conference Centers compete to be top chef if Canada.  The winner of this iron chef style cooking competition then competes against chefs [...]

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